Stalemate in negotiations: Pompeo turned to Israel and Lebanon

Stalemate in negotiations: Pompeo turned to Israel and Lebanon

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regretted the stalemate in negotiations on the demarcation of the maritime border between Israel and Lebanon.

According to AFP, he said Washington is ready to mediate to resolve the issue.

“The United States remains ready to mediate constructive discussions and urges both sides to negotiate,” Pompeo said.

It is worth noting that the first three rounds of talks between Israel and Lebanon took place on October 14 and 28, as well as November 11 at the UNIFIL interim peacekeeping force base in the border town of al-Naqurah.

Tensions between the delegations are escalating over Beirut’s demand to expand the disputed territory. In particular, Lebanon wants to include an additional 1,430 square kilometers to its territory. And this is of great importance, as it concerns Israel’s gas field.